Energy Audits inspect and analyze energy usage and flows in a building to reduce the amount of energy input into the system without negatively affecting output. Building technologies and advanced real-time energy smart meters allow business and residential energy users to verify consumption in workplaces and homes. Passive Solar Buildings take advantage of the local climate with window placement and glazing, thermal mass, insulation and shading. Walls, floors and windows are designed and located to collect, store and distribute energy without the use of mechanical and electric devices.
Conservation and efficiency are energy reduction techniques; conservation implies sufficiency and is the key to sustainability as it lowers energy costs by reducing resource depletion.
Smart Location Encourages Transport Alternatives Historic Preservation while Discouraging Sprawl
Urban and Suburban Transport developed with inexpensive fossil fuels. Recent zoning practices range from greater urban density to incorporation of walking and bicycling designs that, coupled with lifestyle changes like telecommuting, help reduce transport energy consumption.
Sustainable Architecture is the Environmental Impact of Buildings and Materials Energy and Space Usage
Environmental Design refers to the applied arts and sciences that deal with the human environment in the fields of architecture, geography, interior design, landscape architecture and urban planning. It also includes interdisciplinary subjects like lighting design and historical preservation.
A Design Construction Operation and Maintenance Rating System
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED is a green building certification program developed by the US Green Building Council to assist building owners and managers to use resources efficiently.
LEED for Neighborhood Development is a rating system that certifies local development green buildings and integrates a project’s green building and infrastructure practices. The credits relate to energy efficiency, reduced water use, building reuse, recycled materials, and heat island reduction.
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